What Experts Say

I strongly recommend Dr. Newmark's book to all parents, relatives, and friends of children with ADHD, as well as the teachers, doctors, and other professionals who work with them. Before going to the pharmacy, we can use an integrative approach to help these children succeed and fulfill their true potential. Dr. Newmark tells us just how to do that.
— Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Newmark has finally crafted the book that I have long been wishing for: a wonderful self-help guide for parents looking for a thoughtful and science-based natural approach to treating ADHD. This integrative/holistic style reduces or eliminates the need for stimulant medications and offers sound advice about diet, sleep, nutrients, herbs and other key modalities. The book radiates a balanced wisdom that comes so rarely from practicing physicians today..
— Scott Shannon, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; author of Please Don’t Label My Child; editor of Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science.
— Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Is it Really ADHD?

There are a number of other medical or learning problems that can be mistaken for ADHD. It is very important to obtain an evaluation from a professional who has the time and skill to sort these out. Here are some of the most common:

Learning Disabilities – The child who has, for example, dyslexia, may act [...]

Brain Scans diagnosing Autism, but not ADHD

A new study in England uses Brain Scan to diagnose autism (but not ADHD).

Researchers in England used super-sophisticated MRI techniques to distinguish the brains of people with autism from those of people without autism.

The test is very sensitive: if you had autism the the brain scan had a 90% chance of picking it up.

However it was also [...]

Is Your 504 Plan in Place?

I believe that having a good 504 plan in place is one of the most important things you can do to help your child with ADHD be successful in school.

Now that a new school year is starting, you need to make sure there is a plan in place, that it still meets your needs, [...]

Study says limiting TV & video games boosts attention

There’s new evidence that both video games and television watching are associated with ADHD.

A new study in the Journal “Pediatrics” looked at both 6 to 12 year olds and college age kids. It found that greater use of either television or video games was associated with a higher risk of ADHD.

This is the first [...]

T-Ball isn't the best sport for children with ADHD

T-ball is too slow for children with ADHD

I always encourage sports for children with ADHD, but T-ball is not one of them. It’s just way too slow and boring for anyone with the least difficulty in maintaining focus.


If you watch a t-ball game the vast majority of the time is spent doing almost nothing. [...]

Another Really Bad Idea: Chocolate Toddler Formula

Chocolate Toddler Formula is a big sugar hook

As if we didn’t have enough trouble helping our children to eat well, Enfamil has come out with a CHOCOLATE FLAVORED toddler formula. This formula, meant as a transition from regular formula to milk, increases the amount of calories from carbohydrates, basically sugar, from 41 to 57 [...]

Antipsychotic Drug Use Doubles in 2-5 year olds.

Has mental illness really doubled in children 2-5 in the past 8 years? Our use of medication has.

Just when I thought that the over prescription of psychiatric drugs could not get any worse there comes a new study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(January 2010) that shows the [...]